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For Immediate Release
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September 18, 2020

BC Ferries’ President & CEO issues statement regarding Safe Restart Funding announcement

We appreciate receiving confirmation that the federal and provincial governments have allocated funds for BC Ferries, as well as TransLink and BC Transit, to assist transportation and economic recovery. BC Ferries thanks both levels of government for their collaboration during the pandemic to assist British Columbians during this difficult time.

In concert with the Province, BC Ferries has submitted a detailed plan to meet the public interest and the interests of customers in the provision of safe, reliable and affordable ferry service. We look forward to working out the formal agreement with the Province so we can maximize the benefit of the Safe Restart Funding Program for ferry users, and help restart the B.C. economy.

The Safe Restart Funding Program has great potential to assist the ferry system and the coastal communities that we serve. BC Ferries has a responsibility to provide lifeline ferry services and work in the best interests of the public and our customers. This investment in the ferry system ensures commuters get to work, children get to school, visitors get to coastal communities and goods get to market.

We look forward to working with the government to come to a formal agreement regarding the program. In the meantime, we’ll maintain our focus on safe marine transportation for British Columbia.

Mark Collins
President & CEO
BC Ferries

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